Benjamin Nathan

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Benjamin Nathan
Born (1813-12-20)December 20, 1813
Died July 28, 1870(1870-07-28) (aged 56)
Manhattan, New York
Spouse(s) Emily Grace Hendricks (m. 1836)

Benjamin Nathan (December 20, 1813 – July 28, 1870) was an American investor and philanthropist. He was bludgeoned to death in his home in 1870, and the notorious murder case remains unsolved despite several trials in the years following his death.[1]


He was elected a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1836, became its vice-president in 1851. He served as a director of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and the Ninth Avenue Street Railway. He also served on the first Board of Directors for Jews' Hospital. He was also President of Shearith Israel.

In 1849 he was promoted to colonel and named aide-de-camp to New York State Governor Hamilton Fish.[2] Supreme Court Judge Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, his nephew, was born the year Nathan died and was named after him. Nathan's wife Emily G. Nathan died in 1879.[3] They had seven children, including Frederick Nathan and Washington Nathan.[4]

He was murdered on July 28, 1870 in Manhattan, New York City. Aaron B. Rollins was the coroner that investigated the death.[5]


Studies in Murder, a 1924 true crime novel by Edmund Pearson, is about the murder.[6]


  1. ^ "Benjamin Nathan, the Broker, Assassinated in His Own House. His Body Found Bathed in Blood and Terribly Mutilated. SHOCKING DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY. The Deed Supposed to Have Been Committed by a Burglar. Efforts of the Police to Discover the Perpetrator. No Clew as Yet to the Assassin. Large Reward Offered for His Capture. Scene of His Struggle With His Victim. The Wealth, Position and High Character of the Murdered Man". New York Times. July 30, 1870. 
  2. ^ Adler, Cyrus (1912). The Jewish Encyclopedia: A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Funk and Wagnalls
  3. ^ Staff report (Jan 21, 1879) MRS. NATHAN'S DEATH. Recalling a Murder Whose Mystery Has Not Been Fathomed. Chicago Daily Tribune
  4. ^ Nathan-Kazis, Josh (January 13, 2010). A Death in the Family. Tablet
  5. ^ "Death Of Ex-Coroner Rollins. He Is Found Dead In His Bed At The Union-place Hotel. A Sketch Of His Career" (PDF). New York Times. December 5, 1878. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  6. ^ Pearson, Edmund L. "The Twenty-Third Street Murder". Studies in Murder. Ohio State University Press. pp. 123–164. ISBN 081425022X. 

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